Gem Squash – Everyone should Grow Them8th September 2017 • In The Garden • Stephanie Donaldson
I’m a bit mystified as to why more people don’t grow gem squash. I do understand that if space is an issue they may require a bit more effort than courgettes, but given that they can be trained up a sturdy wooden tripod, or encouraged to climb a fence, they really are worth trying. Especially as they stop growing at tennis ball size and don’t turn into marrows overnight! Having grown up in South Africa, they are a vegetable that I have known since childhood – and I have never wavered in my enjoyment of them, either picked fresh as they are now, or stored for winter. Eaten now, I steam them cut in half with a dab of butter, pepper and salt and eat them skin, seeds and all. Those stored for winter will develop a hard skin and deep yellow, nutty flavoured flesh. I save the seeds for sowing next year.
Put them on your seed order for next year – you won’t be disappointed.